You can take organic horticulture as a hobby, or as a science. The advice in this piece is sure to pave the way to organic horticulture success.

TIP! If you discover that your soil is very alkaline, take used coffee grounds and mix them thoroughly with your soil. This is a great and cheap way to increase the acid levels in your dirt.

The handles on your horticulture tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes, and shovels can be converted into handy measuring sticks. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. Now when you go to work in the garden, you will have a ruler that is large at your fingertips!

TIP! Ensure that your plants are kept dry, and aerated daily. If your plants get too moist, they may get sick or infested with parasites.

Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Some perennials aren’t that tasty to snails and slugs since they have tough and hairy leaves, and an unappetizing flavor. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.

TIP! If you have a vegetable garden, one of your main enemies is garden pests. The vegetables are intended to be eaten, thus you should refrain from using harsh pesticides and chemicals.

Transplanting plants and bringing them indoors can protect them from harsh winters. Maybe you’d like to save the most expensive plants you have or the most resistant. Always be careful when digging around the roots, and put the plant in a suitable pot.

TIP! Spray fragrances such as old perfume or aftershave on grass around your garden to help keep your dog away from the plants. This will mask any scents that might attract your dog and make your garden less interesting to him.

Plant a little catnip or wheatgrass in the area surrounding the plants that your cat is devouring. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.

TIP! Take the time needed to plant your seeds. The first thing you should do is moisturize the soil.

Mix the grounds of coffee in soil that has a lot of alkaline. This affordable trick will give back the acid that your dirt requires. You will notice that your vegetables and greens will have a stronger taste.

Knee Pads

TIP! Be aware of spacing considerations when you are first planting your organic garden. You can easily underestimate how much space the plants need until they begin to grow.

Knee pads are a gardener’s friend when caring for plants low to the ground. The time that you will have to spend on your knees in your garden can cause you unnecessary knee pain. Investing in good knee pads will help cushion your knees so you are more comfortable.

TIP! An old laundry basket works great for gathering produce from your garden. The laundry basket can be used as a colander for your produce.

Keep your plants dry and aerated daily. Moisture on the surfaces of your plants is an invitation to pests and illness. Fungus infections are common in overly moist plants. You can control fungi with the application of fungicide sprays. However, the area should be treated before you see the onset of any problems.

TIP! It can be hard at times to grow your own organic garden, yet it is so much more rewarding in the end. Chemicals can be beneficial, but a chemical free organic garden will always produce the best results.

Do you ever wish that your fresh mint leaves would not grow as quickly and overcome your garden? Rein their growth; you can do this simply by planting mint inside a larger garden container or pot. Then, you can plant the container into the ground. However, the container walls will keep the roots held, and prevent the plant from consuming too much of your garden space.

TIP! At least 3″ of organic mulch should be added to the flower beds and garden. In addition to adding aesthetic beauty, the mulch will nourish your soil and help it retain water more easily while preventing weeds from growing.

Choose plants that will provide color in autumn. That doesn’t have to be the case. When it comes to brightly colored foliage, fall is an amazing time of year. You can find beautiful maple and beech trees in many different fall colors. When choosing shrubs, think about cotoneaster, hydrangea or barberry.

TIP! Make sure that your garden is diverse. Variety in your garden has more potential to attract wildlife.

Include both green and dry plant refuse in your compost. Green means plant cuttings including grass, produce and weeds. Dried plant materials are things like shredded newspaper, cardboard, sawdust, straw, and any cut up wood materials. Do not include charcoal, ashes, meat, carnivorous animal manure or diseased plants.

TIP! Cultivating a truly organic garden requires you to pay careful attention to the things that you use to maintain it. There are many organic fertilizers and pesticides available which are much better options than chemicals.

Clearly, organic horticulture is a more voluminous subject than is commonly known. Organic gardens require much patience and hard work, but you can have a wonderfully beautiful organic garden. Follow the tips and you can increase your horticulture skills.

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